By Saikat Mandal

24th Jun, 2022 | 10:40am

West Ham United midfielder Nikola Vlasic says 'yes' to Torino move

West Ham midfielder Nikola Vlasic is open to leaving the club, and he has said “yes” to joining Serie A outfit Torino, according to a report from Toro News.

Vlasic didn’t meet the high expectations at the London club, but Torino rates him highly. He has not settled in England and harbours a desire to leave the club this summer.

The Italian website, which has links to Gazzetta dello Sport, reported on 23 June that Torino will now actively look to find an agreement with the Hammers, possibly on a season-long loan.

The Serie A club want West Ham to contribute by paying a part of the player’s salary. The best solution for Torino would be to sign him on loan with an option to buy next summer.

Unlikely

Vlasic joined the club last summer, with West Ham paying a handsome fee to land him.

He struggled to make an impact last season (2021-22), but to give up on a talented player like him straightaway makes little sense.

The midfield is one area where the Hammers need to bolster this summer. Mark Noble has retired and the club need to fill his void.

The Hammers are likely to keep hold of Declan Rice, but the situation could easily change if any potential suitor comes up with a huge bid making it next to impossible for the club to refuse.

Will it be a good idea to send Vlasic on loan where the Hammers need to pay a part of his salary? Is the situation that bad? It looks unlikely.

Moreover, the idea of buying him permanently next summer shouldn’t be entertained. It will mean that David Moyes doesn’t rate him at all, which will leave a big question mark on his signing in the first place.